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Early Holiday Donations

Since 2008 we have followed, strictly, a holiday rule…for every gift received something we already own is donated. At first this rule was difficult for our whole family, especially the children, but it has evolved into something wonderful for us. In fact, here is a bag the kids brought to me this morning, unprovoked, of … Continue reading

Hitting the reset button

I didn’t get a chance to write at all last week…we had a very difficult week! It involved my husband being away for work, a serious doggy injury, an overseas auto-accident (everyone’s ok!), and the death of someone close to our oldest daughter. Last week I focused directly on what needed my attention and was … Continue reading

The Life of a Home

The house I live in was built in 1903. The same family owned and lived in it until the late 1990’s…several generations of them that is. This is the garage/storage shed that is in the back. I love looking at it. I think it’s the basketball hoop, maybe, and the worn out court lines painted … Continue reading

Feeling loved…and spoiled!

Unexpected gestures of love are wonderful! Today, we are not only feeling loved…but very spoiled! This beautiful (and tasty!) Harry & David Halloween Owl filled with cookies was delivered to our doorstep. Thank you, thank you, thank you….there are none left! 🙂

Bring Your Own Nuts

Awwww, isn’t this little guy cute? NO! NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT! Look at his eyes, they’re creepy! All the more reason to not like this little bugger is that he is in my attic! I’m sure he’s up there making invitations for all his little friends…shaped like acorns…telling them all he’s throwing a big … Continue reading

Meet my arch nemesis…

Bubblegum…oh, how I loathe you. It wasn’t always like this, the laundry and I had a feud for years…but then I had children…laundry grew stronger, of course, but we just got a better washer….and then you, you creeped your way into my home. I avoid you in stores and I get goosebumps when you are … Continue reading

Globe Trotting Jealousy

Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman at Do you think it’s possible to be genuinely happy for someone and feel jealous at the same time? I’ve heard that you can’t…but I’m gonna disagree and go with yes. Final answer. I’m feeling happy and jealous all at the same time….for and of my husband. You see, … Continue reading

So What If We Are Weird!?!?

Recently I was at the market with my children, not just any market…we were at Walmart…the land of “weird”. Something happened that trip that will probably get me all fired up at the thought of it from now until forever…and made me realize that I’m ok being weird. Here’s what happened… Our trip started like … Continue reading